Can I purchase a car without a driver's license?

"I want to buy my neighbor's car before he leaves Michigan, but I don't have my driver's license yet. Can I still buy the car and register it, and then wait until I have the license to drive it?


“No law exists in any of the 50 states or territories that requires you to have a driver’s license to purchase a car. However, getting the vehicle to your residence could prove problematic unless you have someone drive the vehicle for you.
The real problem comes with getting car insurance. Most insurance companies won’t approve insurance on a vehicle if you don’t have a driver’s license. You might be able to find an insurer by explaining your current situation, but this may prove fruitless. (That said, if you live in New Hampshire or Virginia, you aren’t required to have car insurance, so keep that in mind.)
You’ll need to find someone else to insure the car in the meantime. Yet to do this, the other person usually needs to be on the title. If you have a trusted friend or family member with a driver’s license, this is your best bet. “
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 13, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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